Collaboration brings economy boost to Fowey Harbour
Fowey Harbour has added a 180m extension to its walk ashore pontoon berthing, which the Fowey Harbour Commissioners says will diversify the commercial activity in the harbour, bringing a boost to the local economy by increasing the harbour’s appeal as a haven for local boats and cruising yachts.
The project was a collaboration between pontoon manufacturer, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS), local marine civil contractor, KML Piling and Fowey Harbour Commissioners, with the harbour team acting as project managers, co-ordinating the piling and installation of the pontoons themselves.
ICMS designed and supplied its standard leisure pontoons with a unique solid composite anti-slip decking. Providing a fresh new look and feel, the new pontoons were made with special adaptations to connect them to the existing units, optimising the limited space in the harbour.
“Working together, we’ve been able to deliver Fowey Harbour more berths for their budget,” says Jon Challis, sales manager at ICMS. “Everyone contributed their particular skills and knowledge to best effect. We were able to focus on the production of the pontoons which needed to be delivered within a very specific time frame.”
Deputy harbour master, Jonathan Pritchard, comments: “Communications between all involved were second to none. This meant that we were able to get the pontoons delivered, off loaded and installed with no impact on the port’s other commercial activities. Utilising the resources we have available here in the harbour, we were able to avoid costly mobilisation by external contractors, saving time as well as money.
“We’re really pleased with the new berths which will really help boost the local economy, in fact, they’ve all been snapped up already. Our new berth holders are particularly impressed with the stability of the pontoons and have commented on the glass-reinforced concrete decking, which they tell me feels much better underfoot than the wooden decking they’re used to.”